Aurora Borealis is a band that has been around for quite some time. It was formed by Ron Vento when he parted ways with his former band Lestregus Nosferatus. I got into them fairly recently with their 2011 release “Timeline (The Beginning and End of Everything” which is offered for free on the band’s website, along with the rest of their discography. “Timeline” is an absolutely amazing concept album, it simply crushes and pounds and will blow your mind if you listen to it. This is extremely well done blackened thrash and blows bands like Behemoth out of the water.
So here I present to you my interview with Ron Vento of Aurora Borealis:
1. Congrats on “Timeline (The Beginning and the End of Everything”). I personally thought it was an excellent album and was one of my favorites from 2011! The concept is quite extensive: Could you explain it for our readers?
The “Timeline” CD is a concept album that starts from the beginning of all existence and continues through until the very end of the universe and the eventual retraction and rebirth of it all. It further deals with subjects such as the Big Bang, to the formation of planets and stars, life in the universe, evolution and Creationism, space colonization, the fabric of the universe itself, time travel, other dimensions and species trying to preserve their races.
It was done for my passion on the subject. My father works at NASA and he can be held responsible for this. Since I was very young he was always bringing home some info on space, or missions. As I got older I realized how important it all was and how so mind blowing all of it is. There are things that are just simply unfathomable out there and some things that will happen in the future that just seem impossible but will happen. Some people may not get into this concept and that is okay. Some people may not even understand some of the stuff on the cd, but it is by far my favorite cd conceptually and lyrically. I think what I have written is not fiction. This cd will happen if the human race can survive long enough to get off the planet and start inhabit the universe. I would encourage everyone to read the lyrics, they will also be included in the digital download of the cd.
2. What was behind the decision to release the album independently instead of with a label? Has releasing the album as a free download hindered or helped sales? Do a large or small percentage of people actually donate for the album as a result of putting it up as a download?
I just cant really stand labels any more. All my experiences with them have been bad. They are only out for themselves and even if the biggest label in the world offered me a deal i would tell them hell no. As far as the download and it hurting or boosting sales i really don’t know. I mean i usually sell a certain amount of cds no matter what. I can say that this cd is much more accessible and therefore it is all over the place. I wouldn’t say a large percentage of people donate but we have had some very generous donations for sure. If people want to donate great if not oh well. I don’t do my band for the money so it really doesn’t matter. I am in a very unique position and i decided I could afford to give the cd away. With the recession going on i am sure there are people that would buy it but cds are not as important as say food so they cant. Or people from poor places in the world. If they can get to a computer they can have it as far as I am concerned. I do get a band or label every now and then send me some negative mail saying you should never give your music away. To hell with them, it is my music and my property so i want to do it. I saw an interview with Dave Mustaine recently where he was blatantly bashing bands that give their music away, that rich bastard should give his fans some free music once in a while it wouldn’t kill him or his wallet. Hell at least a single song or something, they made him. Without them he is nothing.
3. How do you feel about the current trend of “a-la-carte” music services like Spotify, Rdio, Slacker etc.? Do you think that they are the wave of the future for bands to get their music out to fans or not?
I really dont know. I dont use any of them. I know what they are and i have visited the sites but i really don’t even care. I listen to tons of great new stuff all the time that my friends tell me about so i have no need for those sites.
4. Who are your influences?
For my metal music side mostly old thrash bands like Kreator and Coroner, for death metal i like bands like Vader, As far as black metal bands that were once great like Dark Funeral, Marduk, Setherial. i also like some tech metal as well but stuff like Neglected Fields. I like a ton of stuff.
5. Any current metal (or non-metal) bands that you would care to recommend?
Nope, if I did say what i listen to it would scare all of your readers away from my band haha.
6. What do you feel is the biggest thing you’ve accomplished in your career thus far?
I dont have a single thing, i just feel great about my whole life, I have a very successful recording studio Nightskystudios.org where I make my living just recording music every day. I couldn’t ask for a better job. My band has released a ton of great albums, I get loads of fan support from all over the world. I have a great family and fiance. My life is the best. So I guess the biggest accomplishment is my life in general.
No Thank you, it is always a pleasure to do interviews, you know how I feel about labels and outlets such as yours help open us up to new fans all the time. I appreciate what you do and the support you know any bands. I would encourage all of your readers to go download our entire discography for free at http://www.auroraborealis.org
Check out the band’s awesome album Timeline here, and while you’re at it check out the rest of the albums, and donate!!!